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Louis the Pious and Rebellion — Charlemagne's son Louis the Pious (r. 814–840) came to the throne when his father died of fever. He took his role as the leader of Christian empire very seriously, and was a strong promoter of Benedictine monasticism. His firstborn son, Lothar, was made co-emperor, and other sons Pippin and Louis were made sub-kings. When Louis remarried after his wife' Ermengard's death and had another son, Charles, in 823, his other children rebelled and fought their father and one another for more than a decade. The Treaty of Verdun — After Louis's death in 840, the Treaty of Verdun (843) divided the empire among his three remaining sons. Charles the Bald (r. 843–877) received the western third (present-day France); Louis the German (r. 843–876) received the eastern third (present-day Germany); and the "Middle Kingdom" was given to Lothar (r. 840–876), along with the imperial title.
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